Rochester Man Shot While Sitting In His Vehicle
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Rochester man was shot late Monday while sitting in his pickup truck.
Police Capt. Casey Moilanen says the 21-year-old was parked in the 400 block of 11th St SE around 11:00 pm when two males walked up and tried getting into the truck. Moilanen says when the victim refused to open the door, one of the males took out a gun and fired. The bullet went through the driver’s door and struck the victim in the leg. As he drove away several more shots were fired and two hit the vehicle.
The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated. There was a 19-year-old female with the victim but she was not hurt.
Moilanen says it's not known if the incident was an attempted carjacking or something else.
Moilanen says just before the shooting was reported, a patrol officer spotted a car with a malfunctioning brake light in the same area. The officer pulled the car over a few minutes later and decided to search the vehicle after smelling marijuana. That was about the same time the shooting call was made. The officer found a handgun in the vehicle and the 19-year-old male driver was arrested for having a gun without a permit. Moilanen says investigators are trying to determine if it was the gun used in the shooting.
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